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links: miscellanea

What’s the funniest audio album you’ve heard lately that I can give as a gift? at Ask Metafilter

What is the best low maintenance, high gas mileage, low cost car I can buy (new or used) on a limited budget? at Ask Metafilter

PurseGuard Ultra, not only does it hang your purse from the edge of a table, it sounds an alarm if someone removes it, good in a crowded restaurant. at Chow

Slate’s guide to overlooked Christmas movies, I have a soft spot for Bernard and the Genie, but I suspect it isn’t neccessarily a crowd pleaser.

What the best formula for Calcium supplements? at Ask Metafilter

Angry Christmas Crackers at Cool Hunting

Bake and Shake on wishing to be “loving a magazine as much as I loved the few years of Sassy I was old enough to find relevant“. Amen.

How Much Protection Can You Get From a Skin Cream?
at The Beauty Brains

Privo Sofrito, shoes I just might want (also at Zappos).

Fluid Earth Bowl, a bowl made to resemble the topography of your chosen area, via GirlHacker.

I heart this upside down snowman, at Magpie and Cake

Re-Nest on the return of Brownberry bread, and the violent unrest the discontinuation of this bread caused. As crazy as it sounds, I understand, I love that bread.

Malenie Falick (did you know she keeps a blog?!) on the sheep and wool related art of Andy Goldsworthy, just take a look at the last photo in that entry.

· comments [11] · 12-19-2007 · categories:christmas · craft · knitting · links · shopping ·

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  • 1 Jen // Dec 19, 2007 at 7:09 am

    I bought a pair of Privos during the last January sales and just retired them. I liked them a lot and wore them more than every other day, but somehow, I think they ought to have lasted longer than 10 months. I’ve had other shoes that I’ve similarly abused as the favourite shoe that I’ve worn 3 years straight.

  • 2 Quiana // Dec 19, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I always enjoy Bernard & the Genie at Christmas time. We also watch While You Were Sleeping, although I don’t suppose I should publicly admit that.

  • 3 Melissa // Dec 19, 2007 at 11:21 am

    You can often find those Privos on discount at DSW (though I don’t know if you’ve got DSWs on the left coast). And Jen, Privos are made by Clarks, and although Clarks were considered a well-crafted shoe at one time, I think they got bought out a few years ago and they are not what they once were. This is according to a few podiatrists I know. I love how the Privos look but have thus far avoided them, knowing that they might very well fall apart before I am done with them.

  • 4 Emma // Dec 19, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Just another comment on the Privos: I’ve had a pair of the Sofritos for a while and liked them so much I got another pair…and then three more kinds of Privo shoes (another Sofriti and Comice and Vino, I think) for a recent lengthy trip abroad. They were great for traveling. I got mine at, which has free shipping and free returns, so you’re not out any money if you decide you don’t like them.

  • 5 Mary // Dec 19, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I don’t understand the use of that purse thing at all. Seems annoying to have your purse hanging there.

  • 6 nazila // Dec 19, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I was just going to post that I am also thinking about buying a pair of the privos after I saw a flickr pal show hers off.
    The reviews on zappos look great. I was thinking the tecquini, but now, I’m rethinking my choice the others are really cute!

  • 7 Ansley // Dec 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I like the look of the Privo shoes, but the little bumps on the footbed irritate the bottom of my feet.

  • 8 Karen // Dec 19, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I too own a pair of the Sofritos, which I for a steal ($39!) during a Zappos sale in the fall. And I like the little bumps – It’s like getting a mini foot massage with every step. I’ve only had them for a couple months so can’t speak to their longevity.

  • 9 Kate // Dec 19, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Brownberry bread makes the best toast–and to think, I didn’t even know it was at risk!

  • 10 megan hunt // Dec 19, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I HAVE those privo shoes, I’ve had them for about a year and a half. I love them–I’ve worn them through a month in europe (totally comfortable), spilled chocolate sauce on them (they cleaned up fine), and they still look very new. I have the black ones.

  • 11 Jen // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:26 am

    oh, another comment on the soffritos: although they are reasonably breathable, the are waterproof for pretty deep puddles. I’m sure some of the puddles I stepped in while wearing them were more than an inch deep and no water got in…

    that was until they started to wear out. aside from the linings looking like a shredded mess, there was an inch long split through most of the layers just above the sole material. they just generally lost their shape as well.

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